DETROIT -- Michigan needs to play a bigger role in Detroit’s recovery, and it should start by helping the city access the capital markets, a panel of municipal finance experts said Friday at the Michigan Municipal League’s annual meeting here.

“If our credit ratings won’t allow us to borrow the money, we should ask the governor to allow us to borrow the money through the Michigan Finance Authority,” said Gary Brown, a former City Council member who is now the city’s chief operating officer.

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